Word and World (Wort und Welt): Luther Across Borders

The Fourteenth International Congress for Luther Research will take place at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California from August 14-19, 2022. Welcome!

As of October 2021, the registration is now closed, with over 150 participants and over 40 guests.
Seminars (23) with their leaders have been confirmed and have begun their work.


Those who registered for on-campus housing and prepaid meal tickets, all will be ready for you upon your arrival.  Those of you who will want to purchase meal tickets after arrival - or to sign up for the use of the pool and rec center -you can do that easily on a daily basis, once on campus. More informaton will be shared closer to the Congress time.


We welcome you all to campus to start our week together on August 14 with an Opening lecture by Dr. Robert Kolb and a welcome reception, hosted by CLU, PLTS, GTU, and Lutheran seminary leaders.
Each night (except on Wednesday, the Excursion day) we welcome you to a Reception on our beautiful campus for beverages (California wines and beer) and delicious food, sponsored by different organizations: CLU, PLTS, GTU, Wabash College, St. Olaf College, Concordia Seminary, Pitt's Theology Library/Emory University.
We will end our week with a Friday night Gala under the stars.


Please notice that there have been some changes in the Program; please check the schedule for lectures.

More information will be posted in due time. 

Due to the unprecedented circumstances with the Covid-19 pandemic, these plans are made with the understanding that if modifications need to take place, they will be communicated via this website and via email to all registered participants.

Please be advised that California Lutheran University follows all state, county, and federal safety precautions for higher education for campus services as well as the residential community. For frequent and live updates (e.g., regarding vaccinations, masks, and other campus regulations), see www.callutheran.edu/know.   

IMPORTANT              Please know that the health and safety of all participants in the Luther Congress is our priority. The Congress follows the California Lutheran University's Covid policy for Staff/Faculty (https:www.callutheran.edu/know/policies), which currently requires vaccination and booster, a daily health-check form, and the use of medical masks in all indoor spaces. This policy will continue to be reviewed in light of changing CDC guidelines and university requirements. (Stay tuned. Any developments relating to the Congress will be posted here.) With any questions, feel free to contact kstjerna@plts.edu, co-chair of the Congress.      [posted 1/21/22]   




Program Schedule

View the full program schedule for the 2022 Congress.

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Registration & Fees

Learn how to register before the Summer 2021 deadline.



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Testimonials and Words of Welcome
“It is very exciting to host the 14th International Congress for Luther Research in Thousand Oaks, California, USA! The words ‘Luther’, ‘International’, and ‘Research’ describe the nature of this cherished “summit” meeting that takes place every five years, and, importantly, always in a different part of the world. Each hosting context opens new avenues for Luther scholarship that benefits from the rich group of participants, varying from a seasoned scholar to a person newly interested in connecting their scholarship with Luther. The seminars are the soul of the congress, a friendly place for sharing research, mentoring, and fellowship. The broad spectrum of keynote presentations invites healthy debate and discussion. The receptions at the end of the day are the climax of each day where new and old friends meet over something tasty to eat and more Luther-talk. I was invited to my first Congress in 2002, in Copenhagen, and I could not briefly describe the importance these meetings ever since have had in my reading and teaching of Luther, mentoring and collegial relations, and friendships. I was invited once. Now, it is my pleasure to invite you.”

Kirsi Stjerna

“I attended my first Luther Congress in 2017. It was unlike any other conference I’ve ever attended. Everyone who attends the Congress participates in a seminar that meets every day of the Congress and provides space for every participant to present their scholarship. I participated in the “Luther and Women” seminar with many incredible scholars, and the opportunity to be in sustained discussion with the same people all week led to such a deepening not just of the myriad of issues related to the topic but also to a deepening of relationship with every person in the seminar. I look forward with great anticipation to the Luther Congress 2022!”

Deanna A. Thompson

“Why am I going to the Luther Congress in Thousand Oaks next year?  I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I have never been involved in a conference that is more intense and more interesting than this one. I didn’t have any preconceived idea about what I was getting into at my first Congress, in Erfurt in 1983—in fact, I had never even heard of it, but my Doktorvater handed me the invitation and told me I should go. I chose a seminar, developed a research topic, and off I went!  It was a life-changing experience for me as a 25-year-old graduate student. Of course, it was a significant year, and the location, the Augustinerkloster in Erfurt, couldn’t be beat! But to just sit down at one of the many simple and casual meals and to find that you were chatting with someone from across the world (and often a different generation) whose book you’d loved (or hated) and get to talk about things you both cared about—well, that was the priceless part. I’ve never missed one since. One of the great things about Luther studies is the International Congress for Luther Research, and scholars in North America have a rare opportunity in 2022 to attend a Congress that is being held on our continent for only the third time since 1954. And if you have some spare time, you can go to the beach! “

R. Guy Erwin